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Vote backlash: EU freezes Switzerland out of research funds

swissinfo.ch and agencies February 17, 2014 – 09:16 The European Union has halted talks to include Switzerland in multi-billion euro research and education schemes in retaliation of last week’s Swiss…

A Land of Money and Fear: The Swiss Vote Against ‘Mass Migration’

A Commentary by David Nauer     SPIEGEL.DE REUTERS A giant light installation of the flag of Switzerland by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter illuminates the north face of the Jungfrau mountain. Switzerland’s…

Quotas and questions: Swiss agree to curb immigration and rethink EU deal

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch February 9, 2014 – 17:33 Voters in Switzerland have narrowly approved a rightwing proposal to curb immigration. It imposes limits on the number of foreigners allowed in…

EU deal-breaker? Swiss vote on bringing back immigration quotas

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch February 8, 2014 – 16:50 A bitterly disputed rightwing proposal to curb immigration goes before voters on Sunday. Supporters say quotas are needed to halt an “excessive…

NICK HAYEK : Swatch head ticked off about NSA spy scandal

swissinfo.ch and agencies February 7, 2014 – 09:07 Hayek’s comments came in response to a letter from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who administers the state’s $161 billion (CHF145…

Welcome mat ; Syrian refugees move into Swiss households

swissinfo.ch and agencies February 5, 2014 – 17:16 Syrian refugees have been welcomed into homes in cantons Basel City and Aargau for the first time, a move that could soon…

Central African Republic: ‘I have never seen such hatred or violence’

by Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch February 4, 2014 – 10:25   At least 2,000 people have been killed and one million – a quarter of the population – displaced by fighting since…

DIPLOMAT POSTING: Next US ambassador to Switzerland nominated

swissinfo.ch and agencies January 31, 2014 – 15:11 US President Barack Obama has officially nominated Suzi LeVine as the next ambassador to Switzerland. She succeeds Donald S. Beyer, who left…

‘Ice is breaking’ in Syria talks: UN mediator

GENEVA: The ice is slowly breaking in peace talks between Syria’s warring sides, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said Wednesday, warning though that no substantive results were expected during this round.…

Syria foes say Geneva talks ‘positive’

GENEVA: Syria’s opposition said peace talks with President Bashar Assad’s regime in Geneva took a step forward on Wednesday with discussions on a transitional government after four days of deadlock.…

Syrians discuss aid, prisoners 

ASSOCIATED PRESS ARABNEWS.COM Published — Monday 27 January 2014 GENEVA: Syrians on opposite sides of their country’s civil war tried again Sunday to find common ground, with peace talks focusing…

Migration a migraine for some

Against the backdrop of a looming Swiss referendum on whether to limit the number of foreign arrivals, the World Economic Forum has given much thought to the issue of migration:…

Syrian civil war foes meet for first time, focus on aid

STORY SUMMARY By Tom Miles Syria’s civil war foes held their first face-to-face meeting on Saturday at the start of talks to end nearly three years of conflict which has…

Switzerland: QUICK DECISIONS: Asylum seeker numbers drop significantly

swissinfo.ch and agencies January 24, 2014 – 17:12 The number of asylum seekers in Switzerland fell by a quarter in 2013 compared with the previous year. The authorities received 21,465…

Davos: UK’s Cameron urges ‘reshoring’ of jobs

British Prime Minister David Cameron at Davos on Friday urged the rest of Europe to seize an opportunity to win back millions of jobs through the “reshoring” of production from…

WEF WOES: Business chiefs fear ticking jobless time bomb

by Matthew Allen in Davos, swissinfo.ch January 23, 2014 – 20:16 The nascent global economic recovery is failing to trickle down to the man or woman on the street in…

Creationism: When God created the Swiss He was well pleased …

… and God asked the Swiss: “What else can I do for you?” The Swiss answered: “Some Mountains with snow on top and forests on the bottom would be nice”…

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

By Christoph Reuter SPIEGEL.DE Violence in Syria has been appalling in the run up to this week’s peace talks in Switzerland, where rebel and government representatives are to sit down…